Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Chemical Industry 4.0

University of Surrey and East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) are establishing joint research labs in a number of cutting edge or emerging research areas for chemical engineering. University of Surrey has the UK's oldest continuous chemical engineering programme. ECUST is a national champion in chemical engineering in China and most of its academic schools are closely associated with chemical engineering.

Two or three years
Application deadline
Funding information

The salary will be comparable to the UK levels depending on the experience.


The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey is leading the Industry 6th Sense research, a unique UK initiative for Industry 4.0 in Chemical Engineering involving industry leaders including Fluor, IBM, Honeywell and Unilever. The Industry 6th Sense research bring together our world-leading expertise in the areas of digital manufacturing, big data analytics, process modelling, control and optimisation, industrial Internet-of-Things, making significant contribution towards Industry 4.0 for Chemical Industries, which is widely recognised as the next revolutionary technological advancement.

We are currently recruiting postdoctoral research fellowships in Industry 6th sense. The postdoctoral fellows will be jointly supervised by renowned academics in Surrey and ECUST and will be mainly based in ECUST’s campus at Shanghai. The Fellows will have full access to the UK research facilities and visit the UK as required.

The fellowships are for two or three years and the salary will be comparable to the UK levels depending on the experience. The fellows will also expect significant interactions with the industrial partners. It is expected that this joint postdoctoral training programme will provide a unique opportunity to early-career researchers, in terms of development of research excellence, international collaboration capability and industrial experiences, leading to a successful career in either academia or industry upon completion of the fellowship.

We will help the fellows to secure an academic position in China or the UK during the Fellowship.

Eligibility criteria

The candidates should have:

  • A background in Chemical Engineering with strong programming skills
  • A PhD in Process System Engineering or Computer Science will be preferred but other disciplines with strong computing element will be acceptable
  • Experiences relating to Industry 4.0 will be desirable
  • The working language will be English; therefore the candidates should have excellent communication skills both orally and in writing

The candidates must have:

  • Excellent computer programming skills in at least one modern language such as Python, C/C++ or Matlab

The candidates should also have favourable personal attributes including:

  1. Self-learner and rapid learner with initiative
  2. Mature, confident and self-motivated
  3. Excellent work ethics
  4. Industrial awareness.

How to apply

To apply, in the first instance, please send your CV with full publication record to Dr Tao Chen.

Informal enquires can also be addressed to:

Contact details

Tao Chen
02 BC 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686593
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